Pinterest picks. . .Typography

I am so so in love with beautiful writing. I think I have a special appreciation for it because my mum is an amazing calligrapher, and even her every day  handwriting is stunning. I still remember when she first started doing calligrapy classes when I was very little and she would practice every night. She is a natural. She ended up teaching classes and I still see some of her work framed around the northern beaches at different places. Even at my brothers wedding a couple of years ago we were at Bilgola surf club and her beautiful calligraphy was in a few of the framed photos. Its very special. For a while the art of lettering and calligraphy in society sort of dulled down a little with the increase of better computer  design programs and access to millions of different fonts. After we opened in May 2010, I became more and more interested in learning calligraphy. I dont have my mums steady hand, so I put it off for quite a while, but because of the obsession with Pinterest  and seeing so many amazing photographs of beautiful calligraphy and lettering, Ive been more and more interested in giving it a go. SO many of the designers who make our stationery and cards in the shop have some of their own hand lettering on the products and I always admire the ability. 

A couple of months ago I was apart of the Splash  creative workshops hosted by Paper Runway. I was lucky enough to sit in on Sabine Picks workshop, and although I found it tricky I LOVED it. I have been practicing a tiny bit with the calligraphy nib and I am slowly getting used to it. I have had a little play with different thickness pens and practiced different lettering and I love it. Time has been a bit tricky for me lately to really have a play, but while I have been getting my mood board ready for my talks on window displays at Reed Gift fair next week(more on that later) and I have included a little of my new found ‘skill’ as part of the board, and so I sat for a little time having a scribble with different fonts and its so good for my brain. Its so very relaxing. Because of my anxiety although I dont feel anxious all day long at the minute, its always sort of there. If I was the ocean, just under the surface, almost like  little rips are constantly swirling, sometimes intense, sometimes gentle currents hitting each other, but the surface is generally calm. Every now and then the weather changes and the surface becomes wild. Not sure the pen will help with that yet ;)  But sitting and doing something like this, really settles any little nerves. Its sort of like a meditation. Its nice. 

These are some of the pinterest picks of beautiful calligraphy and lettering that I just love. You can find all of them HERE 

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The adventures of.

We get so many amazing cards in the shop. These are some newbies that just hit the shop from The Adventures of. and they are mighty fine!!!

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Little Paper Lane | Stationery | cards | gold foil | Mona Vale | Northern Beaches | design |

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My fav’s

Instagram has been such a good place to share memories about the shop and my family and our little lives. People have been so kind to us. I was going through some of my photos on Instagram and thought I would share some of my favourite photos from the last year.

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I promise there is kindness in this world

We live in a world that can be horrifically cruel. We live with different religions, different races, different intelligence, different views. We live amongst selfish, horrible crazy fucked up people. They werent born that way. They were bred that way by their families, or by religious leaders, or education providers, etc etc. If they just kept to themselves, it wouldn’t be as bad as it is right now. But they dont. They act upon their ignorances. They believe what they are doing is somehow ‘right’. . .but we all know, THEY actually know that their actions and words are terribly wrong. I dont know how to change the views of people who do horrific acts to others? Governments think they know how to change things. They seem to either make it worse, or are in fact the ones doing inhumane things to their people and other people of the world ‘for the greater good’. Its not fair. Not fair to victims. Not fair to families. Not fair to witnesses of these horrific acts. Not fair to kind people who share the same religion. Not fair to others who didnt listen or agree to those who told them to think a certain way.

There is unfortunately many huge massive assholes in this world. Selfish mother fuckers. Idiots.

We can be the difference though. ALL OF US!!

We need to show others that there is still good. There is still kindness. there is still open minded people. There are still people out here who will make the world better.

We have to try to be more kind to each other. All of us. Smiling and saying hello as you walk past a stranger isnt that hard. But to someone having a horrific day, imagine how that smile and hello can change their mood and day.

I am constantly blown away by the kindness that people I dont know as well as people I am very close to, show me.

The thing about kindness is. . . its contagious. Its the perfect disease to spread around. The side effects can be global if we all sneeze that good shit all over the place.

I experienced an amazing act of kindness yesterday. We have been so hectic preparing for a wedding fair we were invited to at Moby Dicks in Whale Beach and our brains were very busy, happy but very very tired. The day was so non stop busy crazy with lots of lovely people and couples looking for stationery and decorations for their weddings. Late morning there were so many people we were chatting with and I noticed a lady standing very patiently waiting for her turn to chat. When it was her turn for a little hello, she said hi and handed me an envelope with my name on it and said that she ‘just really wanted me to have this’, and I thanked her, thinking it may be something to do with the fair. Lots of event stylists and different industry people were coming along to say hello and giving us cards and things and I just assumed it was a little package on a cd or small brochure about who they are. She left quickly smiling very warmly at me. You could tell she was a nice person, by the gentleness of her voice. Some people emit kindness I guess. As she left, I sat down and Steve was sort of talking to some people and I opened the envelope. There was a card inside with a beautifully written note.

It explained that she followed me on Instagram and she had seen one of my recent posts about our dog Coco(11 months) eating my nikes.(along with the whole studio) and she wanted to gift me a new pair. Tears welled up in my eyes and I bolted out the door to try and find her. I had to say thank you. I had to hug her. I had to tell her she was kind. I couldnt find her. When I sat down I explained to Steve what happened and he was in shock. She had not only written a beautiful note to me, she had included money in it so I could buy a new pair of shoes. This time of year is pretty hard for us. We work extra hard(like most of you do) working out ways to get by, and there was no way I would be able to afford a new pair of sneakers until we get busy again at Christmas, and even then its not a guarantee. Owning a small business is hard work. I know a lot of people struggle with money with businesses too and sorry to be a downer. Both Steve and I work for this business so we rely on Little Paper Lane to keep food on our table. But even though its a bit tough at the minute, I still feel SO guilty accepting this gift. Some people dont even have shoes. Some people dont even have food. And I messaged a couple of my friends today about it explaining how guilty I felt. They of course made me feel better, but I cant shake it. I think because I haven’t been able to say thank you to my generous stranger. . .  If you are reading this lovely lady. You made me cry happy tears. So many happy tears. I also told a few friends at the fair yesterday what you did and they too cried happy tears. I am blown away. BLOWN AWAY!! Thank you for showing me kindness. Thank you for what you wrote in my card. Thank you for buying me new shoes. My Back and my knee are especially grateful. 

I am trying to work out the best way to pay it forward. One day I hope I can do something like this for someone. But until then I will be for sure smiling more at strangers, taking a little more time to make kids laugh and making an effort to make peoples day a little happier.

There are kind people still out there. They are everywhere. We just seem to hear more about the people who are committing their lives to making the world horrible. So lets blow them all away by being kind. The best way to get back at assholes, is to smile and show kindness. And share your stories more. Lets flood the world with happy  stories and kindness. And try and pay it forward as much as possible :)

 

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Paper Bag storage awesome

We JUST got these amazing new storage bags in that are perfect for every space. So you can just chuck everything in, and it looks cute in any room! DONE. BAM. EASY!

The are 55 x 84cm and $14.95 each. BARGAIN

go buy some from HERE 

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Pinterest Picks – Packaging perfection

Do you just LOVE beautiful packaging?!? I absolutely love it. I am always drawn to products that have been thoughtfully designed and packaged. If a product has had that much effort put into the way its presented on the shelf, then I am always left thinking that the actual product itself has had just as much thought and love put into it. I know they say you must never judge a book by its cover. . .but seriously, you sometimes really should. My Pinterest Picks this week are all about beautiful packaging

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you can find all these HERE via Pinterest

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Sweet dreams window display

As most of you know, we try and make a big effort when it comes to our window displays. We have the perfect little window for cute displays and every 4-6 weeks it gets a little change. And it seems to be getting more and more elaborate as we create them. Its important for shops to make an effort with their visual merchandising. Shops should be a special and creative space. No matter what the shop is. A shop that makes an effort with the way it looks will draw more customers in to it. And working in the space is so much better for the soul. I have been invited to talk about how I create my window displays and how it can help with business both online and in store :) So if you are in Melbourne and heading to the gift fairs, check out Reed Gift fair and look for the Retail Hub and you can come along to hear me have a chat about the process of how window displays happen. Here is the latest window that took FOREVER but was totally worth it. 

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Bloomin’ Pinterest picks

I am a day late with my little pinterest picks :( I went away to my Aunty and Uncles house in Shoal Bay(i know poor me) we sat and made dreamcatchers for our next upcoming window. . .it was awesome! I will share some more on that this week :) If you follow me on Pinterest you will know I enjoy a little Floral pin :) so this week I thought I would share some of my favourite blooms :) 

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You can find all these pins HERE

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Pinata perfection

How bloody awesome are Pinatas?! I dont want to smash them, I just want to hang them all over town and look at their cuteness.

And they are not too hard to make. You just need a little patience and a lot of love for pinatas. . .cos really, what would be the point if you didnt even like the things?! You could go and watch a movie or play handball or do something else. But for those of us who think they are just tops, I found some very cute little DIY’s all over the interwebs for you to enjoy. . . and hopefully create!?!

I mean, its a cactus. . . a cactus pinata. What’s not to love about this cute little guy.

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Watermelon pinata Watermelon-Pinata1DIY HERE

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If you cant sit and make these yourself, you must visit the original pinata fruity maker Kit Palaskas  IMG_1192_600

 

 

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Instagrammers you need to follow

So if you are on Instagram like me, and you’re anything like me, you are completely in love and addicted to it?! And if not, them maybe you need to follow some awesome people who make Instagram so much more fun.

I have found that being on social media and especially Instagram I am forming amazing relationships with such an awesome community of creative and fun individuals, that have led to some great opportunities for me both personally and for my business. 

Time to check out

Suzanne from @myfabulousdesign always has beautiful photos and amazing taste. She is also my Pinterest buddy. If you love perfect monochrome styling with tiny little pops of colour, then this is your gal. I could look at her photos all day long.

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Jaclyn from @blogsociety is one of my real life friends and we became friends because of Instagram. We host The Sydney Instameets a few times a year together and she is so inspirational and SUPER lovely too. I just want to be friends with her forever. She is just that warm and guenuine.

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The way too gorgeous Rin from @paperedthoughts is a must follow. She not only shares all her amazing snail mail designs and crafty creations, she is also our special shop helper. She is hands down one of the most giving people you will ever every meet. I love her guts forever.

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Lou from @tabletonic you just have to follow. Not only does she have beautiful photos of her amazing shop, her lust worthy wardrobe, drool worth salads and home styling that any of us wish we had even 1% skill of what Lou does, she is also my lovely friend. And  she is just one of these gorgeous people you want in your life always. Love her love her love her.10362302_246889132166248_911927744_n

Kara from @lulu_lucky is just amazing! I often see her photo pop up in my feed and I instantly pop over to her profile and scroll through her pic’s. Kara is one of these talented little creative people who you aspire to be like. From her watercolour to calligraphy and natural talent for styling, her photos always make me smile. She is my Facebook friend, and its so nice to be getting to know her more and more even though we live a state away from each other.

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@laurablythman is another profile I find myself scrolling through before I go to sleep at night. Such a great artist. With such a happy feed of her own work and collaborations and family. If you like smiling, you will love Laura!

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The stunning @galina is so worth following if you just want to feel calm and warm. Something about her beautiful calligraphy and love of stationery always makes for beautiful photos. I started following Galina after she won the 7vignettes competion by interiors addict that I was lucky enough to judge.925996_1439801506247385_1820014726_n

Nikki from @bellamumma is pure happy to me. Nikki introduced herself to me when I had first opened the shop and has ALWAYS been a HUGE supporter of us. We fast became friends and she spoils me with little beauty gifts that she knows I will go nuts over. Her super popular blog is the perfect combination of beauty, healthy, style, life, food flowers and MORE. She deserve support from everyone. She is truely kind and I am so lucky I get to call her my friend.

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There are SO many people to follow who will inspire you, and I will pop up a few of my favourites from time to time, but if you pop over to my very own Instagram(feel free to follow along) have a little browse through who I follow and check them out.

This is ME. . . follow me HERE

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